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The Herndon Town Council will be considering a resolution that would change the length of terms for the town's elected officials and would move the town's election day from May to November. 
Currently, the town's Mayor and six councilmembers are elected to two-year terms, with elections held biennially on the first Tuesday in May during even-numbered years.  The proposed resolution continues biennial elections but calls for four-year, staggered terms for councilmembers, with three councilmember positions on the ballot every two years.  The Mayoral position would appear on the ballot every four years, with the elected Mayor serving a four-year term.
Additionally, the resolution will consider moving the town's election day from May to the first Tuesday in November, to coincide with election day for county, state and federal offices.
The Town Council will hold public hearings on the resolution on Tuesday, October 28; Tuesday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 25; the council expects to act on the resolution at its public hearing on Tuesday, December 9.  All public hearings begin at 7pm and will be held in the Ingram Council Chambers, 765 Lynn Street, Herndon.  Hearings are also telecast live on HCTV and are available via streaming video on the town's website at  Town citizens may also review the resolution on the website and may submit comment to the Town Clerk's Office, or 703-435-6804.

Elections for the offices of Mayor and Town Council are held biannually on the first Tuesday in May. 

Voting Information
The election of the 2014-2016 Herndon Mayor and Town Council was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  The Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue, is the sole polling place for town elections.
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Residents of the Town of Herndon who are eligible  must register to vote in Fairfax County. To meet the deadlines, register online at  or return a completed application postmarked or delivered to the General Registrar, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, Virginia, 22035-0081.
To verify your voter registration status or to update your address or name, visit   Voter registration status and on file address information is also reviewable through the Fairfax County mobile app (available for both Android and IPhone users) by using the VOTE icon, or you may call 703-222-0776.
Voter registration applications are online at, or in hard copy from the Fairfax County Office of Elections in the Government Center, (703)222-0776, libraries, and county supervisors' offices.  Voter registration forms also are available in the town clerk's office, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, (703) 435-6804,
Absentee Voting
To vote absentee by mail for the May town election, the Fairfax County Office of Elections must receive a registered voter's absentee ballot application.  Information and Applications are available on the Office of Elections website or office, the Herndon town clerk's office, county libraries, and county supervisors' offices. Completed forms showing the voter's signature may be e-mailed as a scanned attachment, faxed, mailed, or delivered in person. 
To determine if you are eligible to vote absentee, visit the Office of Elections website,

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Candidate Information
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:
(1)         A candidate must be qualified to vote for and to hold the office being sought.
(2)        A candidate must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Citizens interested in running for state or local offices in Virginia, should start by downloading the appropriate candidate information bulletins, required forms and documents and other information about running for a specific office and relating to campaign finance and advertising. Information is available on the State Board of Elections web site

Candidate information, forms and reports may also be obtained online or by contacting:
Virginia State Board of Elections (
Washington Building First Floor
1100 Bank Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone (804) 864-8901
Toll Free (800) 552-9745
Fax (804) 371-0194
The Office of Elections (
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035-0081
Voter registration phone: (703) 222-0776
Absentee application fax: (703) 324-2205
To volunteer as an election officer ($175 per diem to include training and Election Day) or for more information visit the website, or call (703) 324-4735 or e-mail:

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act

In May 2011, the Town Council approved the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (Ordinance 10-O-41), which took effect January 1, 2012.  These provisions apply to candidates seeking election to all Town offices.

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act  

Candidate Forms - State of Virginia Board of Elections

Related Links

4 yr term Ordinance
FAQs - Proposed Ordinance

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